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The Week In Pop: The Weeknd Pop?

The #2 song in the country this week is “Can’t Feel My Face,” a pitch-perfect Michael Jackson homage co-produced by pop mastermind Max Martin. From its disco-funk liquid rhythm to its piercing falsetto hooks to its lovestruck subject matter, the song makes perfect sense as a hit single. The only thing weird about it i… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 23, 2015 - 3:13 pm

The Week In Pop: The 10 Worst Crimes Against Music On Owl City’s New Album

Ever since Adam Young hijacked the Postal Service’s laptop-emo aesthetic and turned it into cloying, hollow-headed pap, Owl City has been one of music’s most disreputable artists. It’s been six years since “Fireflies” went to #1, and although Young lingered in the pop cultural consciousness for a while — Taylor Swift wrote 2010 album track… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

The Week In Pop: How OMI’s 3-Year-Old “Cheerleader” Finally Made It In America

The name Omar Samuel Pasley probably doesn’t ring any bells. Girls haven’t begun to dub themselves as their boyfriend’s “cheerleader” yet in Instagram captions. Oh, but they will. Omar — aka OMI — is the breakout Jamaican pop star behind “Cheerleader,” a three-year-old late-entry for this year’s song of the summer. The original track wa… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 2, 2015 - 2:29 pm

The Week In Pop: Zac Brown Band Branches Out In The Blandest Way Possible

In this era of ever-diminishing music sales, there are weeks when an album squeaks into the #1 spot because there’s no legitimate competition. This was not one of those weeks. Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde forcefully seized the top spot, racking up 228,000 equivalent units — one of the best sales frames of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2015 - 2:42 pm

The Week In Pop: From The Earliest MP3 To The Latest Britney Spears, A Pop History Of Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner”

“Tom’s Diner” is one of those songs you know even if you don’t realize it. Suzanne Vega’s signature song — written about the same NYC diner they used for exterior shots in Seinfeld — has been remixed, covered, and sampled so many times by so many musicians that its melody is basically imprinted on our… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Giorgio Moroder – “Tom’s Diner” (Feat. Britney Spears) (Suzanne Vega Cover)

Giorgio Moroder’s new album Déjà Vu is his first in 30 years, and it also features a ton of wacky and unexpected high-profile pop star collaborations. The wackiest and most genius might be Britney Spears covering Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner,” which has made it online a little earlier than expected. Listen to Moroder and Britney’… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 24, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Britney Spears Will Cover Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner” On Giorgio Moroder’s Déjà Vu

Giorgio Moroder might be 74, but following a huge guest appearance on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, he’s back in the game with a vengeance. He’s been dropping hints about the details of his first album in 30 years, and today they are officially here. The album will be called Déjà Vu (no one tell… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 16, 2015 - 11:18 am

30 Essential Max Martin Songs

The thought came to me in a drug store. Or a department store. Or the backseat of a taxicab. I don’t remember where it was, exactly, except that it was the type of place where, in 2015, one might hear Taio Cruz’s 2010 hit “Dynamite” playing in the periphery. That is to say: anywhere i… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 26, 2015 - 11:51 am

Watch Drake, Haim, & Sia Read Mean Tweets About Themselves On Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel Live aired another edition of its ridiculously popular Mean Tweets series, and it was their second one that focused exclusively on musicians. Drake, Haim, Sia, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and more read some harsh tweets from the dark recesses of the internet. For example: “Drake… More »

By: James Rettig / February 3, 2015 - 12:19 am

Giorgio Moroder Enlists Charli XCX, Sia, Britney Spears, Mikky Ekko For First Album In 30 Years

The legendary Giorgio Moroder experienced something of a career revival after his work on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and now he’s announced that he’ll be releasing his first album in 30 years next spring. The record will feature contributions from Charli XCX, Sia, Britney Spears, Mikky Ekko, Kylie Minogue, and more. Along with the… More »

By: James Rettig / November 17, 2014 - 11:09 am

The Week In Pop: The History Of Kesha Vs. Dr. Luke

When Kesha and Dr. Luke traded lawsuits earlier this week — Kesha alleging a decade of sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, Luke alleging that she made it all up in an attempt to get out of her contract — the rotten core of one of this decade’s most successful pop partnerships was ripped open and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 16, 2014 - 3:18 pm

The Week In Pop: Get Used To Calvin Harris Being The Biggest DJ In The World

Calvin Harris is the biggest DJ in the world. This is true in terms of dollars (he’s Earth’s highest-paid party-rocker, by an even larger margin than last year) and human bodies (he appeared to draw the most massive crowd at Coachella this year). “Summer,” a song he sung himself, hit the US top 10 and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 9, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Hear Two Dev Hynes Demos Written For Britney Spears

As Blood Orange, Dev Hynes is an underground pop star unto himself. As a songwriter and producer, he helped Solange and Sky Ferreira find their own kinds of cool-kid stardom, and he’s worked with a ton of very good artists in the past few years. Britney Spears, ultimately, is not one of those artists. Spears’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 22, 2014 - 3:10 pm

The Week In Pop: So, What Else Does “All About That Bass” Singer Meghan Trainor Have To Offer?

“All About That Bass” is a great song. It is not a cool song, but hopefully by now we all realize cool is not the same thing as great. Meghan Trainor’s breakout single, which celebrates the sex appeal of larger women, is also not quite as smart or important as Trainor thinks it is –… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Check Out The New Simpsons Figurines Of R.E.M., Elvis Costello, & Weird Al

For the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons, the merchandising machine behind the show has been going all out with an FXX marathon, Hollywood Bowl concerts, cosmetics, and the release of collectible figures of various guest stars. Today The National Entertainment Collectibles Association and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced the fourth wave of these “25… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2014 - 7:02 pm

Here’s Weird Al’s New Polka Medley Covering Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, Macklemore, & More

Stereogum founder Scott Lapatine has noted several times lately that the polka medleys have always been the best part of Weird Al Yankovic’s albums, and he might have a point. Basically, in addition to numerous parodies and originals, Yankovic always stitches together a string of pop hits covered as ebullient traditional polka tunes; Here’s aMore »

By: Chris DeVille / July 15, 2014 - 3:51 pm

The Week In Pop: Ain’t Paramore Fun?

The question is not so much “How did Paramore end up on American Idol?” as “Why did it take them so long to get there?” As I explained at length last month, the Warped Tour scene that carried Hayley Williams and company to stardom was very much a pop star delivery system, and if anyone… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2014 - 4:08 pm

The Week In Pop: Meet The New Wave Of British Pop Stars

We at Stereogum have the UK on the brain this week. And while there’s a big difference between “Britpop” and “British pop,” this seems like an appropriate time to point out just how many singers from the motherland have been making waves on these shores. We haven’t quite reached British Invasion levels of saturation; many… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 24, 2014 - 5:11 pm

The Week In Pop: Stereogum’s New Weekly Pop Column

Welcome to The Week In Pop, Stereogum’s new weekly pop column. I’ll be here every Thursday with a look at mainstream pop music via essays, track reviews, chart updates, and more. The phrase “Stereogum’s weekly pop column” probably raises some questions, so let’s get to them right away:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 9, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Britney Spears – “Work Bitch (Azealia Banks Remix)”

As we’ve discussed here before with regard to Azealia Banks’s beat-borrowing, this is absolutely common ground rap business. It’s why this year eight million rappers made their own version of Migos’ “Versace.” But we all already know that Banks is playing a different ballgame than most other rhyme-slingers and that includes who she pilfers backing… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 11, 2013 - 11:30 am
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